‘A Taste of Spring is a Welcome Thing’
April 3- April 23, 2014
“Juicys Gallery is pleased to announce it’s inaugural show, a solo exhibition by Brooklyn based artist Lily Wong on view at Manhattan Mini Storage, 28 Second Avenue in New York. Please join us for an opening reception on April 2nd, 2014 7-9pm. RSVP required.
For ‘A Taste of Spring is a Welcome Thing’, Wong presents three recent drawings from her lithographic process. Completed in a simple brush and ink style, each drawing shows a solitary subject in midst of a banal domestic task. Intended as studies for lithographic prints, Wong draws her imagery from screen captures of movies she watches on her personal computer. Obvious American cult classics make up the repertoire: Dazed and Confused, Home Alone, and American Graffitiall count as favorites. But the scenes chosen from these films have an uncanny dynamic; each composition seems to capture a moment caught in between, paused, yet in pursuit, offering a unique quality of gentle yearning.
Born in Seattle, Washington to Chinese Korean parents, Wong draws on her competing cultural influences with a sly subtlety. In the aesthetics of Chinese literati painting, a beautiful ink mark is not one that faithfully reproduces the appearance of its subject, but instead successfully captures the spirit of its essence. Focusing her gaze on the pop culture landscape of the West, and more specifically, teen films of the 80’s and 90’s, Wong adopts this philosophy in her own brush and ink drawings. The seemingly vapid characters of Clueless and Breaking Away are imbued with a romantic sincerity that equally cherishes their naive sense of hope and the trivial urgency that this hope is bound to. Siphoning from her own experience as a cloistered teen, Wong finds solace in the picture of a dreamer in solitude. Quietly, her drawings reveal to us the lonelier pursuits of the contempo-casual condition. In this world, watering a plant is more of an attempt at companionship than interior decoration- proving a friend in need is a friend indeed.”
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